Davie County Scores on Economic Development Projects

June 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

The Winston-Salem Journal reports today on the economic development successes of Davie County. Several companies, including Ashley Furniture and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, have committed to investing a total of $185 million and create almost 700 jobs in the county.

The article doesn’t mention whether or not any of the companies received tax incentives, but it does have a very salient quote from Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. He says,

“There’s always been so much potential in Davie County because of our location between Winston-Salem and Charlotte, because of Interstate 40 and our rail system, because of the work ethic of our people and our quality of life.”

Notice that none of these reasons are tax incentives.

The article goes on to talk about the importance of the workforce. Chip Sisk, a real estate director, said that,

“Workforce seems to be the biggest concern that outside companies have when it comes to measuring the Triad…. We typically can address those concerns early on, particularly when Davidson County Community College tailors training programs to company needs.”

Again, the biggest concern was not tax incentives.

Infrastructure, workforce, quality of life– these are the things that make a good place to work and live.


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